I love dressing up for Halloween. But like any maker, my favorite part is actually making a Halloween costume, DIY-style.
This year, my costume idea came to me pretty easily. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I am obsessed with my kitten, Myla. Never before have I wanted to dress up as a black cat for Halloween, but because I’m dressing up as my black cat, the idea suddenly seems irresistible to me. Also, this cat is basically the embodiment of my spirit. There’s no way I can’t dress up as her.
The black cat Halloween costume is pretty low maintenance, which I love. I’m into staying warm in October, so I’ll be wearing black skinny jeans and a black top. And I could run out to any store and grab a headband with some cat ears on them. But that would eliminate the DIY part of my costume – I wouldn’t get to make anything. 🙁 So, I’m making these easy crochet cat ears on a little headband.
I decided to crochet a thin headband to attach to the ears. Those thin plastic headbands really hurt my head, so I didn’t want to use one of those. And as nice as a thick ear warmer headband sounds, I still want my hair to look cute at an indoor party. So, a thin crocheted headband seemed like the best option.
Crochet Cat Ears Pattern
- Chunky black yarn (I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in black)
- Crochet hook, size L
- Smaller crochet hook to weave in ends
- Optional- small black cat to play with your yarn and complicate the crocheting process
- ch= chain
- sc= single crochet
- sts= stitches
- sc2tog= single crochet 2 together (to decrease)
- slip stitch seam
To make the ears:
- Leaving a 6-inch tail, make a slip knot. Ch 7.
- Row 1: sc in 2nd stitch from hook, sc across, ch 1, turn (6 sts)
- Row 2: sc, sc2tog, sc across, ch 1, turn (5 st)
- Row 3: sc, sc2tog, sc across, ch 1, turn (4 st)
- Row 4: sc, sc 2 tog, sc, ch 1, turn (3 st)
- Row 5: sc, sc 2 tog, ch 1, turn (2 st)
- Row 6: sc 2 tog
- Cut tail. Pull end through remaining stitch.
- Repeat for 2nd ear.
To make the headband:
- Make a slip knot. Ch 61.
- Row 1: sc in 2nd stitch from hook, sc across, ch 1, turn (60 sts)
- Row 2: sc across. Cut yarn and draw end through last stitch.
To attach the ears to the headband:
- From either end of the headband, count over 22 stitches.
- Place the bottom stitches of one ear against stitches 23-28 of the headband. Using the yarn tail of the ear, attach the ear to the headband using a slip stitch seam. Tie off.
- Count over 4 more stitches.
- Place the bottom stitches of the other ear against stitches 33-38 of the headband. Using the yarn tail of the ear, attach the ear to the headband using a slip stitch seam. Tie off.
- Weave in all ends using the smaller crochet hook.
Your cat ears should look like this:
Extra little details include painting my nails light pink to make them more like cat claws and draping some yarn around my neck. Myla drags a piece of chunky pink yarn around the apartment and fetches it when we throw it for her. It is her new favorite toy.
With this personalized cat costume, I’m pretty excited for Halloween. Let me know if you make the ears by commenting below!